National League Power Rankings, 4-28-12

At the beginning of March we did a pre-season NL power rankings and plan to do this every few weeks once the season starts. DJ is taking part in these now too so there are 5 really smart and knowledgeable people. These are probably the most accurate power rankings you'll ever find. You shouldn't even […]

Ramblings about strikeout rate and the silliness of pitchers batting

A few days ago Rob Neyer pointed out how three true outcomes (TTO) are increasing and wonders if something should be done about it. For those who don't know, the TTO is a walk, strikeout or home run. It's most of the plays that don't require the involvement of any fielder. Everyone knows that strikeouts […]

What's the correct call here?

Your browser does not support iframes. The ball is clearly fair. The umpire clearly signals the ball dead. The Dodgers played through the dead call and the Padres did not. I'm also positive had the sides been reversed (Dodgers on the bases) the Padres would have been the team that played through the dead ball […]

Cubs 6th Best Since 2007 In Free Agent Signings

Matt Swartz has published a very interesting article about buidling an organization. I've said for several years now the idea that the Cubs under Hendry just handed out contracts like candy was ridiculous. Yes, there were some bad contracts. Name one GM who has been around for a decade without some bad free agent contracts. […]

Pre-Season NL Power Rankings

Throughout the season we'll be publishing our NL Power Rankings. We won't do this each week and maybe not even every other week, but we figured there's going to be little to talk about with regards to the Cubs so we needed as many alternatives as possible. We also plan to invite someone each time […]

Who do the Cubs trade for Theo Epstein?

The Cubs hired Theo Epstein 4 months ago and it was about that time that we were told the two sides were on the 5-yard line regarding compensation. I can only assume that Ken O'Keefe is running the offense. Every week we're told that Bud Selig will resolve the compensation issue soon. Each week goes […]

MGL on Clubhouse Confidential

The Book's MGL was on Clubhosue Confidential tonight. I've embedded it here for you to watch. Your browser does not support iframes.

So Josh Hamilton Relapsed

In case you pay no attention to anything related to baseball you knew that Josh Hamilton is an alcoholic and a drug addict. To let you know how far I've come, let me tell you where I've been. Not that long ago, there were nights I went to sleep in strange places praying I wouldn't […]

Tigers sign Prince Fielder to silly contract

The Tigers signed Prince Fielder to a 9 year, $214 million contract yesterday. Scott Boras did his client well in getting him nearly $24 million per year. My first thought when I heard of this contract was that it had to be the worst contract in baseball history. The only other contract that blew my […]

10 best pitching seasons in my lifetime

The only Cubs news is that the team has brought back Kerry Wood on a 1-year deal. The contract includes a club option for $3 million in 2013. Since there’s not much to talk about regarding the Cubs, I thought I’d post the 10 best pitching seasons in my lifetime as measured by rWAR. I […]

Barry Larkin Voted Into Hall of Fame, BBWAA Tells All Others to GTFO

Barry Larkin joined the ghost of Ron Santo as the only inductees in the 2012 class of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Below are the final vote totals: Barry Larkin 495 (86.4%) Jack Morris 382 (66.7%) Jeff Bagwell 321 (56.0%) Lee Smith 290 (50.6%) Tim Raines 279 (48.7%) Edgar Martinez 209 (36.5%)  Alan Trammell 211 […]

Lee Smith and the Hall of Fame

Let me start out by saying that I do not think Lee Smith should be in the Hall of Fame. I had trouble with the idea that Bruce Sutter was a Hall of Famer, but at least one could point to his perfection of the split-fingered fastball and argue he had a significant contribution on […]

Cheatingiest Cheating Cheater

Barry Bonds was sentenced today. The Barry Bonds case is over. Bonds, as we speak, is being sentenced. The penalty: 30 days of house arrest, two years of probation and 250 hours of community service.  This, by the way, is what the probation office recommended. Prosecutors were seeking a 15 month jail term. Meanwhile, the US government wasted […]

How much is Prince Fielder worth?

We’ve talked a lot about Albert Pujols and taken a look at his value, but I don’t believe we’ve done so with Fielder. Apparently many executives think he’ll sign with the Cubs. I’m not optimistic about it, but it’s worth looking at anyway. CAIRO projects 4.4 WAR while Oliver projects 4.0. Let’s split the difference […]

How does losing Pujols and Fielder affect the Cardinals and Brewers?

The short answer to this question is that it doesn’t affect them that much. If the Cardinals were willing to spend $22.5 million on Pujols (10 year, $225 million offer) they still have that $22.5 million available to spend on free agent talent. If a win costs $5 million in 2012, that buys 4.5 wins. […]